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Bulls head coach Billy Donovan shares his thoughts on the referees' decisions after the All-Star break

Published March 23, 2024 at 7:50 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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At the recent All-Star break held in Indianapolis, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggested the possibility of fewer foul calls in the NBA moving forward. The consequences and visibility of these anticipated adjustments were unclear. Now, roughly a month later, players and coaches across different teams have started observing certain distinctions. One of those individuals is Billy Donovan, who serves as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Billy Donovan exemplifies just one instance of individuals within the league who have recognized the changes, although it's evident to a wide array of people. Below are Adam Silver's initial remarks.

''I actually am pleased with the state of the game,» Silver said, according to an article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel. «Having said that, I know there are some coaches who feel that we've hampered in some ways defensive players' ability to play defense, at least the way it used to be played in this league. In part, that's been very intentional. There was a period of time in this league when people thought the game had become too physical and we'd taken away some of the aesthetic beauty from the game. I was one of those people that felt that way in the '90s. Whether or not there needs to be any adjustments now is something we listen to our coaches, we listen to our players, and the competition committee will continue to consider.''

Donovan and the Bulls have observed a decrease in foul calls, leading to challenges in getting to the free-throw line. The sudden shift poses a significant problem for Chicago, and presumably, numerous other teams, as it has brought about unexpected changes from their usual routine.


''It's pretty clear league wide the numbers of fouls called prior to the All Star break, there are fewer now,» Donovan said, according to an article from NBA.com. «Teams are not getting to the free throw line like we normally would have. What happens when you have a situation where you go through part of the year and you are used to certain fouls being called and they are not being called, it can get frustrating. There were probably some missed calls when DeMar went to the basket a couple times. I think Vooch (Nikola Vučević poked in the eye on the jump ball to start the game) got hit, too. That being said, they probably felt the same way on some of their drives.''

This marks a significant departure from the previous situation, requiring Donovan and the Bulls to adapt accordingly.

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